Weekend at the Beach…

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The weather this past weekend was nothing short of spectacular. The skies were clear and the temperature co-operated (70F). On Saturday, we headed to the beaches in Tel Aviv, stopping when we could find parking. We weren’t the only ones out enjoying the day, including…

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Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna…

…and some of the folks were enjoying a brew at a nearby BierGarden…

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Kind of ironic, a German BierGarden and Hare Krishna in Tel Aviv. We left the beach with  the sun setting and the temperature dropping.

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The next day I headed to the marina in Hertzliya Petuach, hoping for another special sunset and I was not let down…

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I met another photographer who was shooting from the rocks alongside the marina. Her name is Romina and she teaches photography. She was born and lived in Venezuela before moving to the South Bronx. She travels to Israel for several weeks each year to be with friends. Romina was shooting with a Linhof camera circa. 1960’s which she recently purchased.

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Hope you enjoyed the blog! See you soon.

Rainbows & Storms:-Chasing The Storm…

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The rainbows were disappearing and the sun was beginning to set, so I took a few shots near the Sidna Ali Mosque before we left…

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Sidna Ali Mosque…

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Heading down to the beach…Why?

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Young men and women slogging along as they train for the IDF which they’ll join when they are 18…

We then headed to the Herzliya Marina to see how the storm looked from there…

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The marina with the sun highlighting the Ritz-Carlton…

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The Boats Beach outside the marina…

With about an hour left of daylight we decided to continue to chase the storm. In the image above you can see the limestone cliffs heading in the direction of Tel Aviv. That’s where we headed…

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On the cliffs with Herzliya Petuach in the background…Have smartphone will travel!

As you can see above, we weren’t the only ones with that idea! The cliff road is barely driveable on a nice day.

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Eileen had her work cut out for her, but I think she was enjoying the challenge…

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We were able to pull over along the edge overlooking the Mediterranean, and thankfully the light co-operated…

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Sun setting over the Mediterranean…

I hope you enjoyed this stormy day tour. See you soon!

‘Here It Is!’-Rainbows & Storms:-Chasing Rainbows…

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The surfboard says it all; “Here It Is!”…

Eileen and I were sitting at home on New Years Day as the weather outside was cold and stormy. Surprisingly, the sun came out and Eileen said this could be perfect weather conditions for rainbows, so camera in hand off we went.

I suggested we head towards the water and head for the Sidna Ali Mosque. The mosque is located on the cliffs overlooking the Apollonia-Nof Yam beach. The photo above was taken outside the mosque.

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Double rainbow in Herzliya Petuach…

To get to the mosque we have to drive through the residential streets of Herzliya Petuach. I suggested to Eileen to make a right turn on the next street we came to, and this is what we saw! Not too shabby, huh?

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We continued on to the mosque as the rainbows started to disappear. Unfortunately, I could not align the mosque and the rainbow for a photo, but, even better, I was able to get this shot of Eileen.

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Eileen in the parking lot at the Sidna Ali Mosque…

With the rainbows disappearing, we decided to head to Herzliya Marina. As we left the mosque’s parking lot, heading to the marina, the sky changed, and ‘lo and behold’ the rainbows reappeared.

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I was thrilled to be able to view and shoot the rainbows. As a ‘city boy’ I didn’t get to see them often. We continued on our ‘rainbow/storm chasing’ and will share with you in my next blog…

Old Jaffa: The Flea Market…

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The beach promenade in Tel Aviv with Jaffa in the background…

Eileen and I, along with our friends Sybille and Yossi, went to check out what was happening in the old city of Jaffa (Yafo). Jaffa is the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv has now grown. Jaffa is reported to be the oldest port in the world and it is believed that Jonah set sail from here in his search for the whale.

Much of Jaffa went into disrepair while Tel Aviv flourished and became a major modern city. Fairly recently, people rediscovered the quaintness of Jaffa and major renovations were undertaken. I tell Eileen that the Israeli hipsters are moving in.

One area that remains basically the same is the Flea Market (shuk). The market is usually busy, but on this Friday it seemed more festive.

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Street performers in the market area…

There were several street performances going on, and the most colorful was opera performed by several very talented women.

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The small alleyways and streets which make up this city are lined with artists galleries and studios, as well as boutique and craft shops.

People who know me, know that if I’m in an old city I’m going to search  for ‘street art’ wherever I can find it. The flea market provided a great canvas.

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I hope that you enjoyed this brief tour of the Flea Market in Jaffa. I look forward to sharing my blogs from Israel in 2016!

Sunset at Makhtesh Ramon…

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Temps around 40F…but still beautiful. Eileen that is!

Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) is a natural formation (no meteors etc.) found in the Northern Negev Desert.  It is the world’s largest erosion crater, or makhtesh. The crater is 23.5 miles in length, 4 miles wide and 1,500 feet deep. Just wanted to share some sunset images with you from atop the crater…

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A nubian ibex enjoying the sunset…

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Visitor’s Center…

Hope that you enjoyed…

Tel Be’er Sheva: A UNESCO World Heritage Site…

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Tel Be’er Sheva…

On our way for a three day getaway to Mitspe Ramon we stopped and visited Tel Be’er Sheva. The site is the remains of the biblical town of Beer Sheva dating back to 4000 BCE.

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It is located in the northern Negev (orange area) and is near the modern city Beersheba.

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The view from Tel Be’er Sheva overlooking an Arab village…

A “Tel” is actually an archaeological feature which is very common in Israel, a place that has been inhabited by people for thousands and thousands of years. Basically a “Tel” is a mound underneath which lay the ruins of previous settlements that once stood on the same spot, each mounded on top of the other. When traveling in Israel, Tels are common (ie; Tel Aviv) and there is a good chance that three, four, or even five previous settlements lay hidden inside the mound!

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The remains of the Tel…

In the image above, it’s interesting to compare the ruins, about 3,000 years old, with the power line crossing the desert bringing electricity to southern Israel.

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The four-horned altar…

During the dig at the Tel A large four-horned altar from the 9th century BCE was found, evidence of a heathen cult which occupied the town at that time. While the altar has been moved to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, a replica (above) can be seen at the site.

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A well, part of the water system…

We hope that you enjoyed our journey and I look forward to sharing more from the beautiful country of Israel…

Am I Crazy Or What?…

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Last Tuesday, we took a jeep tour of the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon מכתש רמו) which is located in the northern Negev Desert.  The crater is 23.5 miles in length, 4 miles wide and 1,500 feet deep. It is quite spectacular and for photographers the colors, rolling hills, desert fauna, and sunrise/sunsets can be quite interesting. More to come in future blogs (lucky you…).

Anyways, while our tour guide was explaining the geology of Ramon Crater, I was attracted to a nearby colorful rock formation.

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Then, while processing the third image below, I thought I saw something interesting, to say the least, and I began to question my sanity. No comment Jonah!

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Looking closely, I swear I thought  I saw three images in the formation. Am I crazy or what?

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I see three people in the greenish white area.  Just above the ‘amuel’  I see a woman’s face, a not very happy one.  Above the ‘raphy20′  I see a man with a moustache. To the man’s right,  I see a man with a bushy white beard. Santa Claus?  So, what sayeth you?

Eileen and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy , Healthy New Year!